|Full name||Rudolph Gerhardus Snyman|
|Date of birth||29 January 1995|
|Place of birth||Potchefstroom, South Africa|
|Height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||117 kg (18.4 st; 258 lb)|
|School||Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool|
|Rugby union career|
Rudolph Gerhardus Snyman (born rugby union player who currently plays for the South Africa national team and Irish province Munster in the Pro14. His regular position is lock. He was one of the winning Springboks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.29 January 1995) is a South African professional
He represented the Blue Bulls since primary school level, when he played in the 2008 Under-13 Craven Week competition. He then represented them at the 2011 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in East London, where he scored a try in their match against Boland.
He also represented them at the 2013 Under-18 Craven Week tournament in Polokwane, where he made three appearances. After the tournament, Snyman was selected in the South Africa Schools team that played three matches against European counterparts in August 2013; he started their matches against England,France, and Wales, helping them to victories in all three matches.
After secondary school, he joined the Blue Bulls Academy and represented the Blue Bulls U19 side during the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He got of to a flying start for the U19s, scoring a try in their opening match of the season in a 29-17 victory over Eastern Province U19. He eventually played in ten matches during the regular season, contributing one more try in their match against Free State U19 and helping them to finish top of the log to qualify to the semi-finals. He started both the semi-final - a 43-20 win against the Sharks U19 - and the final, which they lost 26-33 against the hosts Western Province U19 in Cape Town.
In 2015, Snyman was included in the Bulls Super Rugby squad prior to the 2015 Super Rugby season despite not having featured in any first class matches up to that point. However, he didn't get any game time and reverted to the Blue Bulls squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his senior debut in the first match of that competition, a 37-13 victory over Gauteng rivals the Falcons in Kempton Park. He also started their next three matches against the Leopards,Golden Lions, and Pumas. In June 2015, he extended his contract at the Bulls until October 2017.
After the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where Snyman was a member of the victorious South African team, he returned to Japanese Top League side Honda Heat. He joined Irish Pro14 side Munster, whose head coach is former Springboks forwards coach Johann van Graan. Though his two-year contract with province didn't commence until 1 July 2020, Snyman arrived in Ireland in May 2020 following the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 Top League, and completed two weeks of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Snyman made his debut for Munster in their 27-25 defeat against Leinster on 22 August 2020, though his first appearance for the province lasted only 7 minutes after he suffered a torn ACL during a lineout.
He was named in a 37-man training squad for the South Africa national under-20 rugby union team and featured for them in a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team in April 2015. Despite missing out on their two-match tour of Argentina, he was named in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship upon the team's return. He started all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; a 33-5 win against hosts Italy, a 40-8 win against Samoa and a 46-13 win over Australia to help South Africa finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. Snyman started their semi-final match against England, but could not prevent them losing 20-28 to be eliminated from the competition by England for the second year in succession and also started their third-place play-off match against France, helping South Africa to a 31-18 win to secure third place in the competition.
In 2016, Snyman was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team. He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein, but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32-24 winners. He then started the second match of the series, a 26-29 defeat to the Saxons in George.
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